Theo Raeken, the double-crossing chimera that was portrayed on Teen Wolf by actor Cody Christian, was last seen in the Season 5B finale of the MTV series being dragged to hell by the sister he willingly let die.
It was a fitting ending for the handsome, yet duplicitous, character who made his debut in mid-2015, but apparently, it turns out that it wasn’t as much as the end of his tale as it was the end of that particular chapter. On Thursday, Entertainment Weekly exclusively revealed that despite such a damning conclusion, Christian will indeed be a part of Teen Wolf Season 6.
Also noted was the return of Dylan O’Brien, who has been healing from a devastating accident that took place on the set of the latest Maze Runner sequel, The Death Cure. As noted by Deadline in March of this year, O’Brien, who plays the titular Teen Wolf Scott McCall’s (Tyler Posey) best friend, Stiles Stilinski, ended up with a fractured orbital socket, among other injuries, as he was filming a scene that took place on the back of a makeshift train. After months of questioning regarding his availability for Teen Wolf Season 6, TVLine, Deadline’s sister site, released an image of the actor filming scenes for the upcoming season.
Interestingly, Christian’s surprising return to Teen Wolf Season 6 has brought up questions surrounding the departure of Kira Yukimura, the character that was played by actress Arden Cho for two-and-a-half years, beginning with Season 3B in early 2014.
Unlike Theo, Kira, who was also Scott’s girlfriend, was last seen walking off into the distance with a group of Skinwalkers — a collective of people who, like Scott and Kira, possess the ability to change into different animals — to learn more about her power as a kitsune (a mystical fox). However, just a month after “Apotheosis,” the 5B finale of Teen Wolf, aired, Cho revealed in an emotional YouTube video that she would be not returning to the show.
“I just want to say I love Kira Yukimura so much,” she stated in the video. “I love the Yukimura family. I loved my experience on Teen Wolf. I love the cast and crew, it’s been an amazing three-and-a-half years. It’s gone by so fast, but unfortunately, it looks like we are wrapped up with Kira’s storyline and she won’t be coming back for [Teen Wolf Season 6].”
Show creator Jeff Davis, who is notorious for allowing several former Teen Wolf stars to leave the series abruptly, has yet to speak on Cho saying goodbye, but did somewhat tease that she may not be a part of Teen Wolf Season 6 about a week before she unveiled her farewell video to the public.
“There are some big changes coming to the show next season,” he explained to TVLine, “[but], you’ll have to wait and see [how] the fate of Kira [plays out]. It was partially because we wanted her to go down a difficult path. We wanted to see her with her mother in the desert, to make sure we gave her a full episode to explore her character.”
He also expressed that those who were comfortable with the players of Teen Wolf would soon be witnessing quite a different view.
“As for certain characters not being in certain episodes, it’s a lot like The Walking Dead — some episodes, we just focus on different characters,” Davis continued. “It’s about where the show and the characters are all headed as we start to hand things off to our 2.0 characters. We’ll see the older ones graduate and go off and have other lives.”
Teen Wolf Season 6 — which was just announced as being the show’s final run — has yet to receive a formal air date, but is said to be returning to MTV at sometime this fall. Seasons 5A and 5B are currently available on DVD. Check out the trailer for the upcoming season below.
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